Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Occupational Therapist - ECRS in Saint Louis, Missouri

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Saint Louis, MO
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Monday 10/3/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1797500

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Working for the VA is one of the most emotionally satisfying and professionally rewarding ways to dedicate the best within you to your country's service.

The VA has adopted Core Values and Characteristics that apply universally across the Department. The five Core Values define "who we are," our culture, and how we care for Veterans, their families and other beneficiaries. The Values are Integrity,Commitment,Advocacy, Respect and Excellence (" I CARE").

DUTY STATION:The duty station for this position is the Jefferson Barracks Division; while physically located at the Hope Recovery Center; however, the duty station may be changed to one or multiple associated VAMC locations within the metropolitan St. Louis, MO area based on the needs of the medical center.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not covered by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

This position is in the Bargaining Unit.




This position is within Healthcare for Homeless Veterans Programs (HCHV); which falls within the HUD-VASH Program. Primary function is direct patient care for homeless veterans with serious mental illness. Incumbent will provide direct coordination of HUD-VASH case management and community resources that will facilitate Veteran independence. The incumbent has responsibility for providing occupational therapy services within HUD-VASH. Incumbent independently plans, develops, and implements comprehensive treatment programs for individual patients or groups of patients to restore and enhance their performance and potential for independent living or maximize function within their lifestyle. Treats patients 18 years of age and older.

Clinical Functions:

  • Evaluates patients for a wide range of diagnoses, primarily psychosocial, to establish a baseline level of function.
  1. -Demonstrates knowledge of advanced occupational therapy techniques.
  2. -Develops occupational therapy treatment plans and measurable goals.
  3. -Implements treatment plan. Demonstrates the ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities. Demonstrates the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods and techniques. --Continuously re-evaluates patient's performance and modifies treatment as indicated by patient status.
  4. -Regularly documents in medical record of each patient.
  5. -Participates in inter-disciplinary meetings to discuss and report on assigned patients and recommends patients in need of occupational therapy.
  6. -Continually evaluates patient caseload to determine priority and frequency of care needs.
  7. -Provides basic emergency intervention to the patient when indicated and follows established VA SOPs to prevent/diminish infection and further injury.

Administrative Functions:

  • Compiles statistical data to document program effectiveness, therapist caseload, utilization of time, and cost effectiveness.
  1. -Completes daily encounter forms on each patient seen.
  2. -Participates in and contributes to OT/PM&R; staff meetings and in-service training.
  3. -Coordinates PRC consults and ensures appropriate assignment to case managers.
  • Requests and maintains supplies in the OT area for ongoing patient treatment.

Work Schedule:7:30 am - 4:00 pm M-F Functional Statement Title/Registered Respiratory Therapist

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Basic Requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship.

  • Graduation from a degree program in occupational therapy approved by ACOTE

  • Possession of written documentation that the individual has passed the entry-level certification examination or OTs which is administered by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT)

  • Must hold a full, current and unrestricted state license, certification, or registration or trademark to practice occupational therapy in a State, Territory, a Commonwealth of the United Stated (i.e., Puerto Rico), or in the District of Columbia

  • Must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook Part II, chapter 3, Section A, paragraph 3j.

Preferred Experience:At least 3 years minimum experience within mental health, community mental health, and/or homeless programs, case management including interdisciplinary collaborations.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Grade Determinations.In addition to the basic requirements for employment, the following criteria must be met when determining the grade of candidates

GS-11 Occupational Therapist

(a) Education and Experience.In addition to meeting the basic requirements, completion of one year of progressively complex experience and a broader scope of experience equivalent to the next lower grade directly related to the position being filled, or 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a degree in occupational therapy or a directly related field.

(b) Demonstrated KSAOs.In addition to the basic requirements, individuals assigned as GS-11 OTs must demonstrate all of the following KSAOs:

  1. Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

  2. Ability to adapt assessment tools and treatment to the complexity of the diagnosis or disabilities and demonstrate the clinical reasoning necessary to identify the need for further in-depth specific assessment of function and utilization of non-standard methods nad techniques.

  3. Knowledge of principles and techniques in the occupational therapy assessment and treatment of occupational, cognitive, and psychological functional deficits.

  4. Ability to interact with patients, families and other health care providers.

  5. Ability to facilitate and instruct in-service and clinical training programs.

  6. Knowledge and ability to apply all health and safety regulations to minimize and mitigate risks in the provision of patient care and environmental maintenance.

(c) Assignment.OTs at this grade level must meet state regulatory requirements for assignment at this grade level, and are considered to be at the full performance level. Staff OTs at this level practice independently and are responsible for performing occupational therapy assessment and treatment interventions. Staff OTs demonstrate a full professional understanding of the theories of treatment in occupational therapy and their proper application through the use of activity analysis, behavioral intervention, frame of references, and therapeutic procedures. They are assigned to all program areas which are covered by Rehabilitation Services and provide professional, independent occupational therapy services in the assigned area. OTs at this level may be given general assignments in any occupational therapy program area where the advanced specialized knowledge is not required on a recurring basis due to the patient population served and complexity of the facility and/or treatment area or may serve as the sole OT at a less complex facility. Individuals may perform ancillary assignments, including program management duties on an occasional basis, where the complexity and amount of work is not substantial (less than 25% of the duty time).

References: VA Handbook 5005/25, Part II, Apendix G-14 Occupational Therapist Qualification Standard, GS-0631 Veterans Health Administration. This can be found in the local Human Resources Office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Physical Requirements: Heavy lifting, 45 pounds and over, light carrying, under 15 pounds, straight pulling (0.16 hours, pushing (0.5 hours) reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (2 hours) , standing (4 hours), repeated bending (0.5 hours), both legs required, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, near vision correctable at 13: to 16: to Jaeger 1 to 4, far vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other, read typewritten material, ability to distinguish basic colors, ability to distinguish shades fo colors, hearing (aid permitted), Emotional and Mental stability. (Physical requirements for this position are in accordance with HRML No. 05-12-02, Employment of People with Disabilities, Including Under Schedule A, 5 CFR 213.3102(u).]

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave.

Other Information

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $59,318.00 to $77,114.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0631-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 450030600

Job Announcement Number: STL-T38H-16-TCH-1797500 BU